Gerrard feels fitter than ever

Gerrard has been out since March after an operation on a groin

problem with which he had been struggling for most of the season.

But although he turns 31 next Monday, Gerrard has no plans yet to

adapt his game in order to make things easier on his body. “Maybe

one day but not now. I’m not at that stage yet,” he said. “I want

to come back as the player I’ve always been and perform to the

levels that I’ve reached before. “After the operation I feel in the

best shape I’ve been in for two or three years. “I’m stronger, I’m

lighter and I’ve got a lot more confidence about my body generally.

Changing isn’t on the agenda.” Liverpool have done well in

Gerrard’s absence, and the England midfielder knows he has to work

hard to justify his place in the team. “Everyone will need to prove

themselves and I am no different,” he told LFC Weekly. “At

Liverpool, you’re always proving yourself – it never stops because

it’s the Liverpool way. It’s the manager’s decision [who to pick].

“All I can do at the moment is get my rehab done and come back with

my body right, hungry, rested up and ready to go. “The challenge is

for the other players to keep me out of the team – I’m all for the

challenge.”